Probiotics In Acute Diarrhea 1wk Is Not Recommended

Probiotics In Acute Diarrhea 1wk Is Not Recommended

June 17, 2016

The American College of Gastroenterology has released new guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of acute diarrhea and travelers’s diarrhea.

While most of the recommendations are directed to physicians, one point stands out to patients: prebiotics or probiotics are NOT recommended, unless the diarrhea is caused by antibiotics upsetting the normal gut flora (bacteria that usually live in the intestines). Most times , one can adequately rehydrate with water, juice such as dilute apple juice, sports drinks, soups, and salty crackers.

Should you make an appt? See your physician if you have:

  • bloody diarrhea,
  • severe diarrhea disease not responding to 2-3 days of OTC treatment [such as loperamide, bismuth, immodium, pepto bismol],
  • dehydration (no urine output > 8 hrs),
  • symptom duration >7 days.